In February the Happy Squid wrote questioning the ‘good news’ spin put on the relocation of animals from Barrow Island Nature Reserve to other locations to make way for the massive Gorgon LNG project.
Today, PerthNow has reported that a number of the animals relocated to the mainland have died, primarily killed by foxes – including half of the tagged brushtail possums, a statistic likely to be representative of the other animals relocated to the area. There had also been fatalities of some endangered animals moved to safer locations such as islands and enclosures, although overall results had been better. Read the full article here.
This is just the beginning of a program involving the relocation of 1000 animals each year for 12 years. It follows more bad news for Chevron after a baby endangered turtle was found in a dredging barge during the start of massive dredging works through the pristine coral reefs that surround the island.